Report: Mike Houston to be next Charlotte coach

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James Madison head coach Mike Houston will take the same position at Charlotte, Bruce Feldman reported Wednesday.

Houston is in his third season leading the Dukes, where he holds the distinction as the only FCS head coach not wearing North Dakota State colors to win a national title since 2011.

In his third season at JMU, Houston is 37-5 with one national championship and a runner-up finish in 2017. His Dukes club is 9-3 this season heading into a date with Colgate on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Prior to James Madison, Houston went 14-11 with one FCS playoffs appearance in two seasons at The Citadel and 29-8 with two playoff appearances and one runner-up finish at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne in North Carolina.

At Charlotte, Houston will take over one of the best high-ceiling young programs in the Group of 5. The 49ers, who played their first season in 2013, play in the 5-year-old, on-campus Richardson Stadium and are located in one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the country with a hundreds of recruits in a 300-mile radius from Charlotte, stretching down to Atlanta and up into Virginia.

Houston takes over for Brad Lambert, who was Charlotte's only head coach until he was let go on Nov. 18. Charlotte is 12-36 overall and 8-24 in conference play since joining Conference USA in 2015, though the 49ers posted their best season to date in 2018, going 5-7 overall and 4-4 in C-USA play.

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